Petronel

For several years this part had intrigued me ..... I thus took down it wall to know more.....

I looked it from every angle but any visible marking….and too fragile for a complete disassembling.

Have you to them average to help me and to say me some on the origin, originator or other of this weapon.

According to the history which circulates in the family, Eugene would have brought back this part at the time of his many training courses before taking the continuation of the businesses after the death of his father and that was an inspiration for these future inventions ......

Thank you in advance

Guillaume

Note of Webmaster:

Guillaume is downward of Eugene Lefaucheux.

Alain

If we expect the shape of the stock, the weapon presented here - likely featuring a cylinder with a wooden body - is practically identical to a petronel shown in the Tojhuus Museum of Copenhaguen, dated 1597 and made by a Nurnberg gunsmith named Hans Stopler.

Together with the famous snaphaunce revolver now in the Royal United Services Museum of London, dated 1650 and featuring an action in which the cylinder is turned and locked by the action of cocking the hammer (see Colt), another3-barrelled petronel dated 1540 and now in the Doge's Palace of Venice, Italy, and the Puckle Gun, the Tojhuus petronel is considered one of the very first repeaters ever produced. Very interesting piece.

I think however - actually I'm practically sure - that the weapon presented by Guillaume is a more recent restoration attempt (maybe 18th century), coupling the original metal parts to a stock coming from a luxury musket of later manufacture.

Compared to the shape of the stocks in use during the 1500's, this one looks anachronic. It is designed to be held on the shoulder like later muskets and not to be hald against the chest like the pertonels of the time.

The mounting is catastrophic, and the weapon lacks a long forewood that normally runs from the receiver to the muzzle.

Also the trigger guard seems of a later model. However, the remainig metallic components look original.

Referring to the current models of the time, I think the wood should be decorated with ivory, bone and mother-of-pearl inlays instead of volutes carvings.

Most amazing to me is the wooden cylinder. Considering the high pressures that occur in the chambers - even with the low performance blackpowder in use in those days - this feature looks very dangerous to me. Unfortunately I can't say more about this, since the pictures of the Copenhagen petronel I have on hand do not allow me to see more details.

The cylinder is turned by hand.

When it falls down to fire the shot, the hammer opens the pan cover by striking the protruding screw head of its spring.

Marcel

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